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Mastering Modern Composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Becker Mar 11. 41 Replies

For various reasons I never studied composition as my major in undergrad or graduate (it was piano performance). How can one obtain the same knowledge and skill on his own that he would have in such…Continue

"A Peek into a Boson" for Orchestra - my first "serious" music of scale for a decade - expert input?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Becker Dec 19, 2016. 17 Replies

Hi, friends. I just finished this last weekend, putting probably around 60 hours into it for about 9 days, really struggling to produce anything the first couple of days, and almost abandoning it…Continue

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Oboe and Piano composition

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joel Becker Nov 14, 2016. 10 Replies

I composed this during the last few days as an exercise in writing for oboe, but also experimented a bit compositionally, and would love to hear my fellow composers' thoughts on the quality of the…Continue

 

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What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Multimedia, Choir, Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Songs, Other
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Classical
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
Nebraska
About Me (Must include biographical information about you as a composer):
My mother taught me basic ear-playing at age 4, and I've been composing and playing the piano ever since, studying with four different piano teachers before college. For four years during and after earning master's degrees in piano performance and computer science, I worked as a sort of "composer in residence" at a private college. Since I found myself spending most of my free time programming, and found little artistic freedom as an employed composer, I decided to swap the two and go into the software development industry while composing my own music on the side. Seven years and four children later, I've spent little time composing, but hope to make more time for it in the near future.
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At 1:20pm on April 21, 2017, Lawrence Aurich said…

Joel,

     I was analyzing yesterday and now I'm having second thoughts.  I think you added more melody to the form which is good.  It seems like most/all tonal harmony is abandoned.  I'm having trouble adjusting to something completely foreign to what I have ever composed.  I will probably have some questions.  Don't know yet whether I will tackle this or do something in unusual time signatures.  Thanks.

Larry

At 4:01pm on April 20, 2017, Lawrence Aurich said…

Joel,

     I'm finished with my Spacey Odyssey and am looking for my next project.  Would you be opposed to my analyzing your Boson piece and using ideas from it?  I would not use your rhythms or melodies, but the structure.  I want to try composing in the style John Adams etc.  Could I also sight your piece as a source of material?  You really need to get this piece performed. 

                                                            Lawrence Aurich

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